Reach out to Buffalo Jake here somewhere.Got my eye on a 444s which I know nothing about. The rifle appears to be in good condition, its a jm, and manufacturerd prior to 1982. Anyone willing to share a little information on this model would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
I also have a 444S (1977) and a Winnie Angle Eject Big Bore Black Shadow in 444 (1998 model - 1:12 twist). Funny thing is I can shoot my JM pretty much all day at the range with the "original" recoil pad and it doesn't bother my shoulder at all. The Winnie is another story - even with a slip-on added pad to the existing aftermarket limbsaver on the stock, my shoulder cries UNCLE after about 4 or 5 rounds. Needless to say, I don't spend any extra time/shots when sighting the Winchester in. Note: on the JM, I hose down the original recoil pad (the same one as when I bought the rifle new in '78) with silicone spray once or twice a year, it is a little stiffer than when it was new but still has "give" to it, enough that a box or more of my hunting 265gr reloads doesn't bother me too much at all. I attribute the increased felt recoil on the Win to a lower drop at the comb, giving the force a more direct line to my shoulder.I had a 1971 that I sold to another member. I now have a 1995 444SS with a 16 1/2” barrel and a Big Bore Winchester in 444. If the price is right go for it. They let you know your alive but they are still fun to shoot.